Upon completing the Scoping Study, FPA advanced this Federally funded project through the final design phase for Essex County and the NJTPA. The project included the realignment and full reconstruction of 1.6 miles of roadway through South Mountain Reservation in Essex County.
The project included widening and realignment of South Orange Avenue to improve multiple substandard horizontal curves, widen the existing narrow roadway to provide shoulders, and lessen significant roadway grades to address the history of accidents along the roadway. Two new prefabricated arch pedestrian bridges were installed to provide save crossings for trails within the reservation. An extensive series of retaining walls was installed at various locations throughout the project to minimize disturbance to the adjacent reservation. Decorative stone finish was provided on the pedestrian bridges, retaining walls, and a small culvert upon coordination with the County Parks Department, Green Acres, and SHPO.
New traffic signals with dedicated turn lanes were installed at three intersections. Dedicated turn lanes were also provided at several driveways to improve safety for turning vehicles in areas with limited sight distance.
Extensive environmental permitting was required for the project including NJDEP wetlands and flood hazard area, NJDEP Green Acres major diversion, Individual 4(f) document approval for parkland impacts, and Section 106 and SHPO coordination for historical impacts.